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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (August 3, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0921714564
  • ISBN-13: 978-0921714569
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grant Jeffrey is internationally recognized as a leading author on Bible prophecy, history, and apologetics. More than 3.5 million readers have read Grant’s 12 best selling books.

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There was a small piece of writing in the book.
D. Cobb
If you are searching for a book to intrigue you while also educate you, this is the book for you.
Rob D Musick
I found the evidence presented in the book both valid and interesting.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
Jesus the Great Debate, by Grant Jeffrey
With this book, Grant Jeffery has attempted to fill a critical void in Historical Jesus Debate. While liberal, skeptical scholarship (for example, the Jesus Seminar), which often rejects the historical credibility of Jesus, has done a good job of presenting their case to the non-scholarly community, typically through sensationalistic books and articles, the other side is poorly represented. The best of the conservative scholarship in the Debate has been directed to other scholars, and is largely inaccessible to interested lay people. I admire Grant's intentions with this book, but I was very disappointed with the delivery. With the first ¾ of the book, he does try to present the case for the historical Jesus, using "archeological, and historical information that supports the claims of the Gospel writers," but with an over-simplification of the facts and often misrepresentation of the alternate viewpoints (the last ¼ of the book is largely unrelated to the Debate). I found many disappointments throughout the book. His frequent appeal to 19th and early 20th century biblical scholars is frustrating, considering all the recent, up to date, scholarship that is available. His scriptural references are typically drawn from the KJV, and at times this archaic language makes his argument annoyingly difficult to follow. The NKJV, or better yet, NRSV, would have been better. In Grant's tautological argument for the accuracy of Scripture, because it is the inspiration of God, he quotes 2 Tim 3:16, and John 10:35 (page 38). I believe the context of these texts refers to the newly forming (at that time) canon of what Christians call the Old Testament; the New Testament did not exist when these statements were made.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Rice on March 14, 2000
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This book read like a novel. I found the evidence presented in the book both valid and interesting. Jeffrey goes over historical, archaeological, and logical arguments for and against the life of Jesus as presented in the Gospels and asks you to make an educated decision based on the facts.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Smith on August 20, 2000
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Jeffrey does a good job going over the historical and archaeological evidence in order to prove Jesus existed. I found the evidence presented in the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Jewish sources, and Christian tombs, to be both enlightening and accurate. Once again, Grant R. Jeffrey gives Christians a book that can only strengthen their faith.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 2001
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First off, I have to refute an earlier review from CL8 on 11-11-2000. If I understood his review, he gave this book a poor rating because it was not consistent with the Jesus Seminar. I say, of course it isn't consistent with the Jesus Seminar. The Jesus Seminar is a huge joke! Basically, the "theologians" of the Jesus Seminar vote on whether or not Jesus actually did what the Gospels state He did. They VOTE on it! When they vote, they have 4 different selections: definitely, maybe, not likely, and not at all. And, the majority rules. So, if 5 people vote that Jesus definitely did something, and 6 other people vote that Jesus didn't do it at all, then, according to the rules of the Seminar, Jesus didn't do it at all. What a joke!
Forgive me, I digress.... Back to the book.... This book covers everything from the writing and dating of the gospels, to the Dead Sea scrolls, to the Shroud of Turin. I find the evidence given by Jeffrey to be very compelling. I have been truly rewarded by reading this book. I still find myself somewhat skeptical about the Shroud of Turin, but Jeffrey does paint a very interesting picture of the shroud. Jeffrey does remain Biblical in his reasoning, so if he doesn't agree with some other scholars, that might be why. I have loaned out my copy of this book several times, and each time my friends found it insightful and a rewarding read. I would recommend this book to anyone.
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Grant Reid Jeffrey (1948-2012) was a Canadian Bible teacher of Bible prophecy and biblical archaeology; he wrote a great number of books, such as His Name is Jesus: The Mysterious Yeshua Codes, The New Temple and the Second Coming, The Mysterious Bible Codes, etc. He also wrote the Foreword to Image of the Risen Christ: Remarkable New Evidence About the Shroud.

He wrote in the "Acknowledgements" of this 1999 book, "[This book] is the most comprehensive examination of the historical, archaeological, and scientific evidence about Jesus of Nazareth. This book reflects thirty-five years of research... I believe it is time for Christians to stand up and boldly proclaim that our faith in Jesus Christ and His resurrection is grounded upon a strong foundation of historical fact... This book continues the theme established in my books The Signature of God and The Handwriting of God that the evidence in the Gospels together with a wealth of historical, archaeological, and scientific evidence should convince any inquiring mind that Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah, the true Son of God." (Pg. 7)

He adds, "The purpose of this book...
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